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Dr. Luther Castillo

Honduran activist tours Wisconsin

Published Mar 30, 2012 9:46 PM

Dr. Luther Castillo with Rachel Corrie’s parents,
Craig Corrie and Cindy Corrie, in Madison, Wis.
WW photo: Bryan G. Pfeifer

Dr. Luther Castillo, a Garifuna doctor from Honduras and a member of the National Resistance movement there, traveled throughout Wisconsin March 14 through 18 as part of a national tour sponsored by the Honduras Solidarity Network. Castillo, a graduate of the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba, spoke not only on the fight for health care as a human right, but also informed audiences about the Honduran resistance movement that is waging a fierce, ongoing struggle against U.S. imperialism and its puppets in Honduras.

Dr. Castillo received a warm response from students, union members, community and faith-based solidarity activists, and revolutionaries in Racine, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Madison, and at the campuses of Carroll College, the Milwaukee Area Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Castillo was interviewed by various people’s media, including the internationally renowned WORT radio station in Madison.

In a moving conclusion to his tour, Dr. Castillo met Craig Corrie and Cindy Corrie, the parents of Rachel Corrie, in Madison during a March 18 fundraiser for a water filtration system in the Gaza Strip in Palestine. Rachel Corrie was just 23 when she was killed on March 16, 2003, as she stood defending Palestinian homes from demolition by the racist Zionist settler state of Israel.

Members of the International Action Center, the Latin American Solidarity Committee and the Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement accompanied Dr. Castillo during his five-day Wisconsin visit. Numerous progressive organizations endorsed the tour.

To learn more about how to support the Garifuna people, go to primerhospitalgarifuna.com. To see more photos and coverage of Castillo’s tour in Wisconsin, visit wibailoutpeople.org.